Recruiting roundup: Updated national rankings, list cuts and more

  • 08/11/2017 3:32 pm in

Pickerington North (Ohio) and Indiana commit Jerome Hunter moved up in the most recent recruiting rankings for the class of 2018 released on Friday.

Hunter is now the No. 52 player in the country according to Scout’s rankings.

South Bend Riley’s Damezi Anderson, another IU commit, is ranked No. 84 nationally by Scout.

Other notables in the top 100 from an Indiana recruiting perspective include Romeo Langford (6), Darius Garland (8), Moses Brown (14), Louis King (21), Luguentz Dort (37), Filip Petrusev (49), Darius Days (64), David Duke (65), Michael Devoe (78), Eric Ayala (82), Nate Hinton (92), Robert Phinisee (96) and James Akinjo (99).

Ayala confirms plan to stay in class of 2018

Four-star guard Eric Ayala, who was considering a move to the class of 2017, will remain in the class of 2018. reported on Thursday that Ayala will transfer to IMG Academy in Florida for his senior season.

In addition, Ayala is now down to nine schools.

In alphabetical order, they are Arizona, Georgetown, Indiana, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Ohio State, Oregon and Syracuse.

Four-star point guard commits to North Carolina

Pickerington Central (Ohio) and Indiana elite point guard Jeremiah Francis, who held a scholarship offer from Indiana, committed to North Carolina on Friday.

Francis, the No. 61 player nationally in the 2019 class according to the 247Composite, visited Bloomington over the summer for team camp.

He recently trimmed his list to ten finalists – a list that included Indiana, Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue – but opted to end the process just nine days after receiving a scholarship offer from the Tar Heels.

His father, Jerry Francis, played for Ohio State from 1986-89 and scored more than 1,000 points in his career.

Indiana in top 11 for four-star power forward

Four-star power forward Darius Days, a class of 2018 forward from The Rock School in Gainesville (Fla.), announced his top 11 schools earlier in the week.

The No. 73 player nationally, according to the 247Composite, the trimmed down list for Days includes Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, LSU, Memphis, North Carolina, Ohio State, Providence, Texas A&M, Wichita State and Xavier.

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  • stavrogin44

    Final 11, baby! Yes!

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  • ScoopGeoff

    Watched Garland the other day… whoa… do we actually have a shot at that kid?

  • marcusgresham

    From Gainesville and the top 11 doesn’t include Florida?
    That’s a kid who wants to get out badly!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Nice to hear! He is really that good? I believe you of course and would love to read what your thoughts are.

  • ScoopGeoff

    He stood out in the game on ESPN last Tuesday at 9 pm… If you have the app then you can find the game and watch it. But my take is that he looked and played bigger than his listed measurements. Personally felt he was the best ball-handler, play-maker, and decision-maker on the court – which bodes well for the PG side of things… But he was also totally unstoppable going to the rim and shot looked flawless from far beyond the college line. His game just looked very mature and dominant within an all-star game setting and I wasn’t even connecting the dots that he was the IU target until just now.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Thanks for that. Glad to hear he can flow to the rim really well which is exactly what we need. I felt our guards were lacking that along with poor decision making. Thanks again and I just watched some of his videos and you are dead on.

  • I hate purdon’t

    Garland is a hell of a player! I think he’s a one and done kid. At the pg position I would like to have a 3 or 4 year player. A well developed pg is more beneficial to a program in the long run. Any other one and done at the rest of the positions doesn’t bother. This is just my opinion…lol